This one was tougher to stomach than the last: by a 7-0 score, Olympia edged out a gutsy Capital crew, taking yet another bite from the Spaghetti Bowl.
The wife and I arrived late, missing the entire first quarter. We didn't miss any major action--I'm guessing--since it took over two minutes into the second quarter until the Bears crossed the goal line for the first and only time.
Though Olympia committed more turnovers, an interception and a fumble that killed threatening drives, the Cougars could never take advantage. Oly's speedier secondary never let Riley Wall completely evade their grasp, even after he blew through the D-line on more than one occasion.
Olympia missed its own opportunities, though, including a Cougar turnover on downs deep in CHS territory when going for it on 4th and inches. Capital's defense held, turning back the Bears' best chance to put the game out of reach.
In the end, Oly's size and speed advantages were just enough. In his second year as Capital's coach, John Johnson has nearly turned the tables on our crosstown rivals. Next year's matchup may finally be the one that puts the Cougars back on top.
Added: Congrats to Olympia coach Bill Beattie--who was at Elma High School when I attended--on his 100th Bear victory.
Update 9/13: The Olympian call us potentially "the best 0-2 team in the state." Also, learn that J.D. Johnson called for a punt when his team went for it on 4th-and-1 later in the game. Whoa.